One of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. (by HumanoidOfFlesh)
This extremely bloody and hilariously funny gore comedy from the director of "Braindead" and "Meet the Feebles" is about some aliens,who gather in a small New Zealand town to harvest human beings as a food source for their struggling intergalactic fast food.Four agents of the Alien Investigation and Defense Sector A.I.D.S are called on to stop them."Bad Taste" was filmed on a shoestring budget over a period of four years,using second hand equipment,and produced by and starring all Jackson's friends and work colleagues.The amount of bloodshed in this film is <more>
really high,but the gore is presented in such a way that it just makes you laugh hysterically.There's vomit eating,brain eating,exploding heads,flying guts and even exploding sheep.A must see for horror,splatter and gore fans!
Gore: Oh yeah. Acting: Who cares? Action: Sure. Humor: What's funnier than life-sized Sgt. Pepper cut-outs of the Beatles in a car? Nuff said. 10/10
I'm a Derek...Derek's DON'T run! (by KillMe666)
Directed by the New Zealand king of low-budget gore - Peter Jackson, who also takes the starring role in his debut film as 'Derek', the leader of the alien prevention group 'Alien Investigation and Defence Service' - A.I.D.S ! , who are called into action when a group of aliens land on earth with the intention of kidnapping humans and using them as the main ingredient for their fast food restaurants! Naturally Derek and his crew are none too happy about this and set about stopping them in the only way they know how - violently.As you can imagine with a plot like this and with <more>
Peter Jackson involved you can expect extreme gore mixed with extreme cheese, for example there is this one part where an alien has been severed in two from being hit by a car, his remaining top half fends off Jackson's attacks with a chainsaw by throwing pine cones at him! Also throughout the film Derek becomes increasingly demented after having a particularly nasty fall off a 90ft cliff, although miraculously surviving this, he has a nasty crack on the back of his head which keeps flapping open and letting bits of brain fall out nice and at one point he replaces his emptying skull with an alien's intestines who he has just slaughtered! As you can probably tell from these examples this film is pretty gross and if your like me you will find it very funny as well.Watch this film even if it is only to see one of Derek's compadres' rip off an aliens head with his bare hands and drop-kick it successfully out of a window to which he casually comments "The old magic is still there."
'You put a bad taste in my mouth...' (by Nightman85)
Before Peter Jackson went on to huge success with A-list Hollywood films he was quite the horror film director just watch Dead Alive! and this ultra low-budget flick was his cinematic debut.A half-baked group of 'agents' must save the world when some aliens arrive to harvest humans for their fast food chain.From the premise alone one can tell that this flick is very campy, and rather darkly funny too! Jackson essentially made Bad Taste over a series of weekends, using his own friends for the cast and crew. Needless to say it's very low-budget, and it looks it, but in the end the <more>
cheap FX only heighten the sense of absurdity and comedy that makes this movie so damn amusing! One thing that young Jackson does well though is produce some great gore FX. As with his later gem Dead Alive 1992 there's plenty of blood flying in this early film too. It also has a number of memorable comical gags and everything is wildly over the top.Bad Taste is just as crazy as it sounds, but comes off all the more an entertaining riot because of it. A real cult classic.*** 1/2 out of ****
The VHS box artwork is a perfect gesture for haters. (by Fella_shibby)
I first saw this in the late 80s on a VHS which i bought. This is a movie which shud be definitely seen with a bunch of friends. The first time itself I found it to b hilarious. The gore is so over-the-top that you can't help but find it hilarious. The film doesn't try to take itself serious in any way. Watch out the scene where Derek, who keeps his head from falling apart with a belt. The cheesy effects are sometimes nauseating and disgusting, but always hilarious and never even nearly shocking or disturbing. Also the famous disgusting vomit-eating scene. Made on a very limited <more>
budget, Jackson delivers a hilarious and memorably outlandish outing. It proves that there is no limits to low budget filmmaking when you're as good as Peter Jackson. The filming locations, such as the cliff side, are all of outstanding natural beauty. Some awesome cinematography. The action is very good compared to the budget n the era. The sheep scene man. Definitely not for the week stomach. Do check out Jackson's Braindead.
Entertaining, interesting and original.Peter Jackson is amazing. He has made some cult classics in the past and Bad Taste is possibly the pinnacle of his early endeavors.I would give this movie 10 stars, except for the fact that the movie doesn't cover any important issues...except for alien invasion. Not all movies need to tackle say..racism, bigotry, aids, genocide, discrimination but if this movie did, it would be a perfect work of art acceptable for hanging in the Louvre thus garnishing it a 10.I kid you not, you might look at the DVD cover and say "What a piece of crap this <more>
appears to be" and you would be completely wrong. So very wrong. 1 The movie had a super low budget but it fools you into thinking it doesn't. Peter Jackson made the film at his parents home in New Zealand. He got his buddies to act in he film and he also played a couple of roles himself. I remember watching a short documentary at the end of the movie, it showed just how much effort he put into making his cheap independent movie appear like a high budget, Hollywood blockbuster of its time. He made all the firearms out of pipes and wood to the point where they look and function to a point like real guns. He make the masks and costumes himself, using his mothers stove to bake the plaster and plastic. Watch the movie and see the special effects yourself. Everything in it was concocted with ingenuity and duct tape.2 The movie was funny. Great dialogue and outrageous but believable characters. **************Spoilers******************There is one scene where an alien shoots a rocket launcher at the house. He misses his target and if goes through the front window and out a rear window. You see a goat grazing in a field and it looks up and lets out a "ba'aaaaa" right before the rocket eradicates it. My friend and I kept on rewinding the scene laughing our heads off. It doesn't sound like much when I type it but it was super funny. That scene right there earned at least 1 star for this movie.****************End of spoilers*****************3 - Originality. Can anybody say Solent Green? The concept is similar but....just watch. - The visuals are good and I would expect nothing less from New Zealand. - Camera shots are very professional I seriously could write for hours about this movie but I prefer to complain about movies rather then praise them.Check this one out. You won't be disappointed.
It seems fitting that in the wake of the excellent Lord of the Rings films, that we should have a look at just what started director Peter Jackson on the road to being one of the worlds greatest visionaries. Before LOTR's, Jackson's biggest financial hit was the Michael J. Fox horror comedy 'The Frighteners', and his biggest critical success being the haunting 'Heavenly Creatures', starring a then not-so-famous Kate Winslet. But it wasn't an easy ride getting to be the director of the most anticipated trilogy since Star Wars. Jackson started small, very small, and <more>
clawed his way up the movie ladder using nothing more than pure determination and a raw talent for film-making.Jackson's first feature was Bad Taste, a low, low-budget horror comedy movie made over two years about aliens killing humans for their fast-food business back in space. No real plot, no real actors, no real crew. Only an insane imagination and devoted friends willing to help out. There's not even much of a script, because what Jackson sets out to do is sicken his audience with some of the most gruesome deaths ever seen and make them laugh until the back of their heads fall off. And he succeeds.Narrative and plot structure are not on the vile menu here. Instead, Bad Taste is a testament to sick jokes, low-budget gore and technical brilliance on a shoestring. Jackson made his own steadicam, crane and other camera rigs to create the impression of a bigger-budgeted movie he fails to do so, unfortunately and even undertook the task of making all of his own make-up and prosthetic effects, including mechanised masks and realistic machine guns. This is an even greater achievement when you consider just how much gore there is in the film, but the finale, in which a huge mansion is rocketed into space, defies the rules of its low budget and minimal crew.Even the cast were so minimal that the same aliens can be seen, if you look hard enough, being killed over and over again throughout the film, and Jackson himself takes on two roles; the unstable Derek and a mad alien called Robert. In one scene, Derek and Robert engage in a cliff-top fight with each other, balanced precariously on the edge and with no indication that one is a body double. Jackson's creativity and knowledge of movie trickery is undoubtedly on display here, but the low-rent sickness and bloody gore on display would suggest otherwise. At first it is hard to imagine that Jackson would go on from this to directing one of the best films of all time, but when you look closely, examine just what Jackson could do with no money and no crew, you begin to realise that a true genius was at work here.Bad Taste is a delirious testament to the 'just-get-out-there-and-do-it' school of film-making, as that is literally what Jackson did. Shooting whenever he had the money for film stock and making props and special effects in his parent's garage. Apparently, one of Jackson's greatest problems was keeping his actors consistent in appearance over the two-year period, making sure haircuts remained the same and that one actor had a permanent five-o'clock shadow. Bad Taste is true to the spirit of independent film-making, one man making the film he wants, when he wants and with whom he wants. In fact, it would never and could never have been made under the supervision of a studio, and even if it had the spirit would have been killed off.Bad Taste works for me because I admire the way in which it is made. When I first saw it I was in my teens and I liked it because it was a demented, gruesome, funny film, so maybe the teen crowd is the right one for Jackson's brain-eating, vomit-spewing, chuck-up-a-thon, or maybe it's also for twenty-somethings after a night on the lash. Either way, Bad Taste should be seen as an example that if you want to make a movie and know how - there is usually a way
A few cans of lager and a bunch of good mates will make this film even better! (by DorianWynHowells)
This is where it all started for Peter Jackson, and you can see from this film, why he went on to achieve great things......!!!!!!This film is soooooooooo OTT that it hurts, and the film works because of this. The laughs come from the really cheesy acting, the ludicrous storyline, and the good/bad SFX. Credit must be given for Jackson's use of SFX, gore, blood, etc. He can do this effectively, and on a very small budget.The cast are, to me, unknown, and when I first realised that Jackson himself appears in the film as Derek, I was shocked.This film is only ever going to be good, if your <more>
in the right mood for it all. So, what I suggest is that you buy a 24pack of lager, round up a few mates, and just get drunk whilst watching this film - it's great entertainment value for that alone!!!!Well done to Jackson who showed people that a small budget doesn't always have to result in a small film. Look at James Cameron's Terminator? Mind you, it's unfair to compare the two!!!!So, heed my advice about lager and mates, you'll thank me. And if they start beating you with wooden spoons, then don't blame me!! 8/10Enjoy!
Peter Jackson's delightfully demented debut. (by BA_Harrison)
I was one of the lucky few who caught Bad Taste on the big screen way back in the late 80s, and I absolutely loved it; but I never guessed that its director, Peter Jackson, would ever find fame, fortune and acceptance from mainstream cinema-goers—his style was for cult movie audiences only, or so I thought mind you, I made the same mistake with a certain Mr. Raimi too .Last night I watched the film again for the first time in years, and now, with hindsight, I can see how blinkered I was: the subject matter might be a million miles away from his recent mega-budget efforts, and the <more>
presentation a tad rough around the edges, but Bad Taste displays enough ingenuity, style and undeniable raw talent from the director that his future success should have been glaringly obvious, even to a naive young gore-hound like me.The film sees a small paramilitary force—the Astro Investigation and Defense Service AIDS —sent to investigate the disappearance of the entire population of the New Zealand coastal town of Kaihoro; there, they discover that extraterrestrials, led by intergalactic fast food magnate Lord Crumb, have butchered the locals and packed them in boxes for immediate export. Armed with a range of automatic weapons, the boys from AIDS—Derek Peter Jackson , Frank Mike Minett , Ozzy Terry Potter , and Barry Pete O'Herne —set out to ruin Crumb's plans to launch human flesh as the new taste experience for his customers.Made on a minuscule budget over a four year period by an enthusiastic Jackson and like-minded friends, Bad Taste is a wonderful, wacky splatter-fest that successfully mixes daft slapstick humour with outrageous violence so cartoonish in style that its impossible to take offence at. Inevitably, the film suffers from some glaring continuity errors, terrible acting, and the occasional technical gaff, but the final film is so entertaining that it's easy to be forgiving about such trifling details.Despite this being his first feature film, Jackson's handling of his material is both assured and very effective: he employs lots of creative camera-work—hand-held dolly shots, severe close ups and extreme angles—the likes of which he still utilises in his work today and which go to give his movies that distinctive Jackson vibe; he also does a great job with the editing which ensures that film never drags and that the narrative flows properly and was even responsible for the film's many make-up effects he baked the rubber alien masks in his mother's oven! .Even if outrageous, low budget, low-brow horror isn't your thing and it's your loss if it isn't , such invention, dedication and determination has got to be admired.